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single quotes

plural noun
one pair of single quotation marks, written as (‘ ’) and used especially for a quotation within another quotation: He said, “I told you to say ‘Open, sesame’ when you want to enter the mountain.”.
Compare double quotes. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Page 117: single quote mark in front of "miserable" removed.

    Hours in a Library Leslie Stephen
  • Page 38, changed double quote to single quote after "Do you have to wear that when you are seeking religion?"

  • Page 71, changed double quote to single quote before "And have you lost your heart?"

  • Double quote marks within quote marks were standardized to single quote marks.

  • Page 148, changed open double quote to single quote in "your short story: 'The Shadow of the Unknown.'"

    The Fiction Factory John Milton Edwards
  • Page 149, changed open double quote to single quote in "'The Shadow of the Unknown,' writes the publisher."

    The Fiction Factory John Milton Edwards
  • Page 94, changed double to single quote at end of first line of poem.

    Pretty Geraldine, the New York Salesgirl Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
  • Acute accents are indicated by a single quote (') after the vowel, while grave accents have a single quote before the vowel.

    Christie Johnstone Charles Reade
  • Accent marks are indicated by a single quote (') after the vowel for acute accents and before the vowel for grave accents.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
single quote in Technology

"'" ASCII character 39.
Common names include single quote; quote; ITU-T: apostrophe. Rare: prime; glitch; tick; irk; pop; INTERCAL: spark; ITU-T: closing single quotation mark; ITU-T: acute accent.
Single quote is used in C and derived languages to introduce a single character literal value which is represented internally by its ASCII code. In the Unix shells and Perl single quote is used to delimit strings in which variable substitution is not performed (in contrast to double-quote-delimited strings).
Single quote is often used in text for both open and close single quotation mark and apostrophe. Typesetters use two different symbols - open has a tail going up, close and apostrophe have tails hanging down (like a raised comma). Some people use back quote (`) for open single quotation mark.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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